Why let others reheat your back catalog when you can do it yourself? Maybe that's one of the questions Gang of Four asked themselves before recording Return the Gift, a self-tribute album involving re-recordings of their earliest and best work. While the reunion of the original members synched up with the popularity of several bands that were appropriating some of their ideas, one of the greater music-related motivators behind this release was. .
Even if you, like this correspondent, found the Gang Of Four's recent reunion concerts persuasive, this project might make you nervous. It's one thing for the band to get together and play the old songs, quite another to re-record them. Especially when you consider the damage that the men who made Hard or Mall might do to the legacy of the men who recorded Entertainment! and Solid Gold.